Huawei Executive Back in Court to Fight US Extradition
March 01, 2021
A Canadian court is set to launch hearings Monday on whether a
senior Huawei executive should be extradited to the United States.
The U.S. wants Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the Chinese telecomís
founder and chief financial officer of the company, extradited to
face fraud charges. She was arrested at Vancouverís airport in 2018
and has been under house arrest in an area mansion since.
Her arrest prompted China to arrest two Canadian citizens in
apparent retaliation. China also cut imports of several Canadian
The U.S. said Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company, Skycom, to
skirt U.S. sanctions and sell equipment to Iran. Officials allege
Meng misled HSBC bank about the companyís activity in Iran.
lawyers say her arrest was politically motivated and that the U.S
used her as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations with China while
Donald Trump was president. They plan to cite comments made by the
former president as proof.
They will also say Canadian officials questioned her without her
having a lawyer present and forced her to provide access to her
electronic devices before she was officially under arrest.
They also say the U.S. is overreaching its jurisdiction by
prosecuting a Chinese citizen for activity that happened in Hong
The hearings are expected to last several weeks.
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